Elopements are all about the memories. You need a Washington elopement photographer who understands storytelling. Our team specializes in artistic photography with an emphasis on candid moments, natural emotions and authentic feelings. We understand light, composition and emotion. Elopement photography is a delicate balancing act. Your Seattle elopement photographer needs to be a master technician and master artist all at the same time. Whether you're eloping at the Seattle courthouse or on a mountain, we'd be honored to tell your story.
You don't need to drive 4 hours to have a terrific elopement! As your PNW elopement photographer, we'll help you scout locations near and far. Michaela and Tane held their intimate elopement ceremony on a rooftop in Seattle. Their wedding looked majestic. They decorated the ceremony space with a triangle alter complete with flowers. They rented elegant wooden chairs for a rustic but upscale vibe. Sound Originals was honored to be their Seattle elopement photographer. We captured all the special memories, including decor, details, and the couple's first look at nearby Discovery Park.
Storytelling lasts forever.
1. Hurricane Ridge
2. Ruby Beach
3. Hoh Rainforest
4. Salt Creek Beach
5. Madison Falls
6. Snoqualmie Falls
7. Crystal Mountain
8. Olympic Peninsula
9. San Juan Islands
10. Gold Creek Pond
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Many couples equate elopements with adventure. That's why engaged couples often search for a Seattle adventure photographer to accompany them to the mountains. After all, any wedding is truly an adventure! Two people are merging their lives together. When they say, "I Do," they are committing to a joint journey - a mutual adventure of love, respect and understanding. Your Seattle adventure photography tells this story through artistic and timeless images. The storytelling team at Sound Originals understands how to compose gorgeous photographs that capture the essence of your story as a couple. Your elopement photography should tell the story of your marriage adventure. The photos themselves don't necessarily need to be "adventure" in the sense of rugged mountaintops or jagged peaks. (Although, they certainly can be!) When planning your elopement, Wandering Weddings can be a great resource. The website has a directory of Seattle elopement photographers. But it's more than yellow pages. They also give advice and ideas for picking locations, obtaining permits and planning an itinerary.
Storytelling lasts forever.
Sound Originals is proud to be the best wedding and elopement photographer in Washington and Oregon. Couples across the Northwest trust our storytellers to capture their wedding memories. Photographers approach weddings and elopements with a similar technique. We understand how to capture moments as they happen. Natural, authentic and organic. Couples put a lot of attention and love into their wedding and elopement design, including the decor and decorations. As Seattle wedding photographers, we document these important details. We understand how the scenery, landscape and environment come together to tell the story of your special day.
Sound Originals offers extensive elopement packages including photography and videography coverage. Every elopement photographer will offer different Washington elopement packages. Some photographers include unlimited hours and travel anywhere in the state. Others offer package options with a variety of choices for number of hours, number of photographers and travel time. It's important to carefully research your options for elopement packages in Washington.
Every elopement is unique. You'll need to figure out how many hours of coverage you'll need from your elopement photographer. Some photographers include unlimited hours in their elopement packages. Others offer a variety of options with set coverage times. That's the most common package and pricing choice from Seattle elopement photographers. Your photographer earns a living by devoting time to clients. As a result, you can expect the Washington elopement packages to specify a certain number of hours. This will usually include travel time. For example, even a one-hour wedding on Mount Rainier will take a full day of the photographer's time.
These days, most elopement packages in Washington include digital images with full print rights. That means you can download your images and print them at any store or shop you like. Your photographer may offer to sell print products through their own shop. (Sound Originals offers digital images with full print rights as well as a great online shop with tons of options.) Couples and their families love ordering prints and other tangible products. Some common products include canvasses, metal prints, wall art, albums, 4x6 or 5x7 prints, ornaments and more. It's truly special to have hard copies of your elopement photographs to enjoy around your home!
Some Seattle elopement photographers live the van life. That means they might bundle free travel and lodging with all of their Washington state elopement packages. Most elopement photographers have a home base. They'll leave and return from their home. You'll likely need to pay travel expenses if your wedding or elopement takes place beyond a certain distance. For example, Sound Originals is based in Seattle, Washington. Our elopement photographers travel up to 50 miles at no charge. Beyond that, our elopement and wedding packages include a small travel charge to compensate for mileage, driving time, tolls, ferries and other expenses. Some pricing packages might include free travel, so be sure to ask! If your intimate wedding or elopement is taking place in the evening, your photographer might ask for a night or two of hotel lodging. All this information should be readily available in your photographer's elopement package and pricing guide.
Elopement and wedding photographers charge a wide range of prices. The cost depends on the photographer's experience, demand and talent. Elopement photographer cost also varies based on what is included in the package. Most couples invest $1200 to $6000 for their elopement photography package. The cost will be lower if you need fewer hours, or if your elopement ceremony takes places closer to Seattle.
The cost to elope in Washington state can be very reasonable and affordable! After all, most wedding expenses start to add up when you add on decor, decorations, a dress, food, catering, alcohol and venue rental fees. If you're holding a simple courthouse elopement ceremony or intimate backyard wedding, it can be very affordable to elope in Washington. Brides.com points out how reasonable the ceremony and court or license fees can be. They also offer some tips to save money on elopements. First, they suggest getting married on public land. Second, they encourage engaged couples to shop wisely. Maybe wear a simple dress instead of a designer wedding dress. You'll only wear it once, anyway!
Of course you can! You need to consider local rules and regulations. State law requires a marriage license in advance of the elopement. You'll need the license in the county where you plan to get married. Here is more information from King County, Washington's official website. You'll also need to consider permits and land-use rules depending on where you choose to hold your elopement ceremony. For example, if you're planning a Mount Rainier National Park elopement, you'll need a special use permit.
Yes! Mount Rainier National Park is a wonderful place to elope. Since it's public land managed by the federal government, you'll need a special use permit. It's easy to obtain. The National Park Service has all the information you need on its website. Keep in mind you'll need to apply for your wedding or elopement permit at least 4 weeks in advance of the special day.
Easy! You already found the best elopement photographer right here. Kidding aside, picking the best wedding or elopement photographer in Seattle is an important decision. Couples should consider many factors. This includes price, experience, style, reviews and package options. Sound Originals Photo & Video offers reasonable elopement packages at an affordable price. We have the best reviews in the industry with 5-star ratings from more than 100+ thrilled couples. We invite you to browse our excellent reviews on The Knot, Wedding Wire or Google.
This is a great question to ask before booking your Seattle elopement photographer. We hear stories from couples who have been waiting months for their photos. It should never take that long! Sound Originals knows how excited you are to see your images and share your pictures with family and friends. Immediately after photographing your elopement, our photographers get to work on editing your images. We'll adjust the color and tone of each image using our signature style. We deliver a finished gallery of edited images in about 2 to 4 weeks.
A good rule of thumb is 100 edited images for every 1 hour of photography coverage. We don't have any limits or rules. This is just a guide. After photographing hundreds of weddings and elopements across the Pacific Northwest, we usually end up with about 100 photos for every hour. In other words, an 8-hour wedding will usually result in 800 images.
Your definition of "reasonable" will be different from your neighbor's. This is a tough question to answer. You can understand wedding photography packages and pricing by exploring some of the average costs. Wedding Wire reports that most couples invest $2000 and up in their wedding photography budget. But this is a national average. Even within Washington state, wedding budgets vary widely. It will be cheaper to hold a wedding near Tacoma than it will in Kirkland. Sound Originals offers reasonable prices for wedding photographers in Seattle. Our basic package begins at $3000 and includes digital images, up to 8 hours of coverage, full print rights and a shareable online gallery.
Check out some of our guides to photography locations in Washington. We've captured hundreds of couples all across the Northwest. Here are some of the best places for engagement photos and elopement photos in Seattle, as well as our guide to wedding venues in Washington for stunning photography.
You'll be so glad you hired a professional elopement photographer. Stunning images. Spectacular experience. Memories you'll cherish forever.
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Allie and JD invited Sound Originals to be their wedding and elopement photographer and videographer. We crafted a gorgeous highlight video for their big day at Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington. Salish Lodge weddings are both grand and intimate, cozy and comfortable. We love the views of Snoqualmie Falls from the bridal suites! After eloping, Allie and JD took a short hike through the rainforest.
1. Hurricane Ridge
2. Gold Creek Pond
3. Alki Beach
4. Newcastle Golf Club
5. Mount Rainier National Park
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When you're looking for an elopment photographer in Seattle, you should also be thinking about your wedding pictures. We're proud to be one of the best PNW wedding photographers. Most elopement photographers also capture weddings. That's important. It means you're hiring a professional photographer who understands the importance of small and big events. The best photographers weave artistic imagery with creative skills and technical excellence.
Sound Originals Photo & Video is proud to be among the top elopement photographers in Seattle and Washington State. Google can be overwhelming. It seems every blog and magazine has its own list of the best elopement photographers. We'd love to know how these articles picked their favorites! Sound Originals is the official storyteller for Seattle Bride and Oregon Bride magazine's galas. We'd love to tell your story!